This welcome survey breaks new ground by presenting a balanced and up-to-date account of the parallel Reformation experiences in the nations of the entire British Isles. Departing from the traditional preoccupation with the English or Scottish Reformations, the book compares and contrasts long-term developments and reactions in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, and places them in their broader European context. While tracing the various courses of religious change, controversy and resistance in the four neighbouring countries, Ian Hazlett also offers incisive assessments of modern research developments, setting his account against the backdrop of the changing ways of writing history, especially Church and Reformation history. The result is a book that will not only be of great value to students and the new generation of scholars in the field, but will also provide convenient and reliable access to the subject for anyone with an interest in this turbulent period of religious and intellectual history. Book jacket.
If Professor Hazlett s volume was only a modern introduction, survey, and summary of the Reformation period in Britain and Ireland, then the quality of his work alone, would be enough to make it a desirable volume. The writing style is engaging, the results of his research are well-written and well-documented, and the overall attention to detail is excellent. Moreover, the information is presented in an organized and highly accessible form he has produced a work which seeks and succeeds in giving a much fuller treatment to the fascinating and often very different but interrelated experiences in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Hazlett is clearly aware of current, critical research and this is evidenced throughout his work as he provides very thorough analyses of the material he presents. This work will be of great value to both students and teachers within associated fields, but for all its specialization, it should not be beyond the grasp of most who have a real interest in this turbulent but fascinating period of religious and intellectual history. Midwestern Journal of Theology, 3.1, Fall 2004